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90th Minute Goal Propels Eagles to Draw vs. No. 18 Virginia Tech

The Boston College men’s soccer team tied No. 18 Virginia Tech 2-2 on Saturday, with Joe Kellett’s goal in the final minute of regulation saving the Eagles from falling to 5-3.

Both squads entered the game at 5-2, seeking to gain an early lead in ACC play. Instead, the Eagles and Hokies both fell to 0-2-1 in conference play, with the former now reeling after a 5-0 start.

The fact that the Eagles were able to salvage a draw could be considered a victory in the context of the match. With the Hokies leading 1-0 off of a give-and-go goal by Daniel Pereira, Eagles freshman Alejandro Zimmermann was given a red card. This gave Virginia Tech a man advantage for the better part of the match.

Despite being down a man, the Eagles still found opportunities to attack the net. A one-timer by Lasse Lehmann off of a corner by Amos-Shapiro Thompson evened the score in the 55th minute, giving the Eagles a much-needed spark after a scoreless first half.

The Hokies, however, would answer quickly, with Marc Hoppler scoring inside the box on a Chris Little assist in the 68th minute. The goal gave the Hokies a 2-1 advantage, and seemingly the inside track to their first ACC victory of the season. The Eagles had other ideas.

After more than twenty minutes of scoreless play, midfielder Joe Kellett fired a shot past Virginia Tech goalkeeper Mathijs Swaneveld to knot the score at 2-2 in the 90th minute. Kellett’s second goal of the season could not have come at a more opportune time, with the senior somehow sliding a low shot past both the defensive wall and the goalkeeper on a set-piece.

The goal sent the game into extra time, where the Hokies tallied three shots compared to the Eagles’ zero. However, goalkeeper Christian Garner and the rest of the defensive unit held steady, preventing a late goal and ensuring that the match ended in a draw.

The Eagles will return home on Tuesday to face Merrimack, hoping to regain some momentum in the midst of a three-match winless streak. A victory would provide a morale boost for a Boston College team that has already exceeded last season’s win total and hopes to contend in the ACC.

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